Tuesday, February 01, 2011


In 1967 Israeli and US intelligence decided to attack the USS Liberty, and blame Egypt. By the end of the 1967 war, Israel had seized the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. (Thy Weapon of War: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty ...)

It looks like the USA decided to dump Egypt some time ago.

The Foreign Policy Research Institute is a US think tank associated with people such as Henry Kissinger, Dov Zakheim and Daniel Pipes.

In 2009, it gave us an insight into US thinking on Egypt.

At FPRI, Trudy Kuehner wrote: The U.S. and Egypt Since the Suez Crisis - FPRI

Some quotes:

"There is a sense that the relationship has run its course...

"Its foundations are either weak or obsolete.

"The Egyptian-Israeli peace is cold...

"The U.S. in the 1970s did not have bases throughout the Persian Gulf. Thirty years later, U.S. military bases dot the Gulf.

"Now, there are no Soviets to contain. This relationship has been running on bureaucratic inertia.

(Egyptian Lantern Slides)

"So what should policymakers do? The debate falls along three axes.

"First, some argue that we should go back to authoritarian stability...

"The second axis around which the debate revolves is that we need to undertake a program of democratization and reform in Egypt...

"We need to provide some sort of soft landing...

"Finally, the third stream of thought, an emerging one, is that ... we need to step back from this relationship...

"There is no compelling reason to have a strategic relationship with Egypt, or for Egypt to be the second largest recipient of our foreign aid."


Soros helped Arab bloggers gain exposure.

The story from the mainstream media is that:

(A) Mubarak is in bed with Israel

(B) Mubarak has not helped Egypt.

What is the truth about Mubarak?

1. Egypt opposes Globalisation.

Mubarak "has failed to deregulate and privatize the economy." (Egypt and Israel: A Reversible Peace :: Middle East Quarterly)

2. Egypt has been making good economic progress

Egypt has enjoyed economic growth averaging 4%–5% over the past 25 years.

The Egyptian economy was expected to grow at 6.1% in 2010/11. (Egypt - African Economic Outlook)

"Egypt held up well during the first round of the global financial crisis thanks to its reformed banking sector and low integration into global financial markets as a whole." (Egypt - African Economic Outlook)


3. Mubarak opposes Israel.

"The Egyptian minister of defense and war production, Muhammad Hussein at-Tantawi, was reported to have told a closed forum a few years ago that Egypt should prepare for a future war with Israel." (Egypt and Israel: A Reversible Peace :: Middle East Quarterly)

In 1981 President Mubarak came to power and he "has effectively boycotted Israel."

Egypt's state-controlled newspapers continued to demonize Israel.

"All ties on the bilateral level between Egypt and Israel have been frozen including tourism, commerce, and industry." (Egypt and Israel: A Reversible Peace :: Middle East Quarterly)

4. Israel and the USA want to topple Mubarak.

Under Mubarak, the Egyptian military has seen Israel as the enemy and has not cooperated fully with the USA.

Egypt has resisted sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. (US frustrated with Egypt military)

Egypt opposes US Globalisation.

Emad Gad, an expert at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, says:

"Despite Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt, Egypt remains Israel's primary threat in the region.

"Israel sees Egypt as its main obstacle to regional dominance."

Israel wants to grab a part of Egypt.

Some History:

Egypt and Israel were at war in the years: 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973.

In 1977 President Anwar Sadat decided that Egypt could only get back Sinai by signing a peace treaty with Israel.

In April 2010, it was reported that a weekly magazine aiming to link Arab bloggers with politicians and the elderly was launched in Egypt at the initiative of a group backed by US billionaire George Soros. (Soros backs Egypt weekly to give Arab bloggers exposure.)

In April 2010, it was reported by the Jerusalem Post that "Egypt has taken an aggressive stance against Israel, with Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit calling Israel an 'enemy' state." - (Egypt warns of Israel-Lebanon escalation)

In June 2010, Egypt re-opened the Rafah border with Gaza (Rafah crossing to remain open indefinitely - News)

In August 2010, Egyptian security forces seized a ship loaded with explosives coming from Israel and arrested its owner in Port Said. (Egypt seizes explosives on ship coming from Israel - People's.)

On 20 December 2010 (ISRAEL DESTABILISING EGYPT) we learnt that Egypt arrested members of an Israeli spy ring within its borders.

On 1 January 2011, we read that a group calling itself Al-Qaeda (the CIA-Mossad) may be responsible for the seven dead and 24 injured in an attack on a church in Egypt

In January 2011, we read that Egypt's Irrigation Minister has dismissed the possibility that Egypt would supply Israel with water from the Nile. (Egypt and Israel, a souring relationship?)

Egyptian riots. Photo AP.

It would seem that the USA and Israel decided some time ago to topple Egypt's president Mubarak.

"The U.S. strategy for three decades ... has been to bet on Mubarak... But that cannot possibly be a smart bet for the next decade." - Elliott Abrams on 20 January 2011 (interview)

Abrams, a neo-con Zionist, was involved in Iran-Contra.

According to PressTV (Mossad was behind the Egypt church blast):

"Political experts believe that the US, the Israeli regime and Britain have crafted a long-term joint security program in the Middle East and North Africa...

"Part of the scenario is to ... split Egypt into a Christian-populated country and a Muslim-populated one ...

"The West's agenda is to lay the groundwork for the formation of a Coptic government in Upper Nile in Egypt...

"Therefore, the recent scuffles between Muslims and Christians in Naj' Hammadi region in Qena governorate in southern Egypt as well as the blast at the Alexandria church are a prelude for the dangerous Western-engineered scenario to unfold in one of the key Islamic-Arab nations."

Netanyau meets Omar Suleiman, head of Egyptian Inteligence on 4 November 2010 in Tel Aviv.

According to the powerful US Council on Foreign Relations (Egypt - Council on Foreign Relations):

"The Suez Canal remains critical to the security of the Persian Gulf and its vast energy reserves, as well as to global trade.

"Egypt also maintains the region's largest and most powerful Arab military."

It seems that Obama would like to topple Egypt's President Mubarak, and replace him with someone more reliable.

The Pentagon wants the Egyptian military to help advance the US-Israeli agenda.


Who might replace Mubarak?

Some unknown military figure could emerge.

Or spy chief Omar Suleiman could take power in some kind of coup.

Suleiman was trained at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center at Fort Bragg, in the 1980s. (Egypt's Next Strongman Foreign Policy)

Suleiman continues to have close contacts with US intelligence and military officials.

On Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, Suleiman is receiving support. (Egypt's Next Strongman Foreign Policy)

Sounds spooky.




Genie said...

Intriguing. I love the photos you use in your posts.

Penny said...

I have some concerns about the Egyptian coup.

Keeping in mind that Egypt just tossed some Israeli spies....

and many other factors

What said...

I like the pics too, but don't understand the point of pics of hot chicks though. If you're gonna post eye candy for the dudes, post eye candy for the females as well. Equal degrading of both genders as sex objects ya know.

Besides that love your blog...you could give willyloman some advise. He can't seem to see through bs. He seems to think these revolutions/protests are genuine.

kenny said...

Fox news is right now pushing the muslim brotherhood/al qaeda threat in their after Mubarak scenario. It seems like an SNL skit.

Keep us informed aan, you're doing good.

Anon said...

In May 1998, CNN's Maria Ressa tried to tell us that a bunch of students overthrew Suharto. No mention by her of soldiers dressed up as students and many years of preparation by the CIA and certain Indonesian generals. The only journalist who hinted at the truth was the ITV-Channel4 reporter who stood outside military HQ in Jakarta and indicated that that was where the real power lay.

- Aangirfan

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by the mass media coverage of the events in Egypt v. the events earlier in Tunisia.

In Tunisia, we were 'informed' that it was a popular uprising against a 'dictator' who has enriched himself and his family at the people's expense and that 'poor' people and unemployed youth were rioting. After somewhat badly handled attempts to control the situation, the president and most of his family fled. Now we see Canada wanting to find a way to return his brother to Tunisia to face some quickly assembled charges.

In Egypt, research reveals the same manipulation of elections as Ben Ali was accused of. But no mention of this in mass media.

In contrast, we have Obama talking about 'reform' in Egypt, studiously avoiding any use of the 'D' word (democracy). One senses that what the US wants to happen is anything other than a popular revolution. Perhaps a military coup might be in order, or some rearranging of the deckchairs as long as the people in power were friendly towards the US and Israel as well as perhaps globalisation. No one speaks of corruption under Mubarak or the state of emergency that has been in force since 1981.

Surely the question should be 'good governance' for the people (education, health, freedom, full employment). Tell me that corruption is worse in Tunisia than in Egypt and I am not sure I am going to believe it. Also tell me that those in power elsewhere, for example in the US, are not corrupt and do not benefit directly and indirectly from their terms in power.

So this leaves me wondering, why is the media coverage of Egypt so different from that of Tunisia when we are seeing, broadly speaking, the same events unfolding. Is it because Egpyt has a stronger control apparatus than Tunisia? Or that western governments only want a change of power if it results in a government friendly to their interests. In other words, Egypt is more important than Tunisia so 'people power' in Egypt is to be avoided. And of course no comparisons with other countries like Morocco, Kosovo etc. that have 'friendly' leaders. The very latest news today is 'police open fire on protestors'. And what's happening in Jordan? I cannot find any real news on the BBC website.

Congratulations on some incisive coverage. It would be interesting to know what informed people who have lived in Tunisia and Egypt under their governments think about all these unfolding events.

Anonymous said...

Egypt protests: secret US document discloses support for protesters


Anonymous said...

The Daily Telegraph throws up an interesting report today:


Problem is: the info came about as a result of info leaked by Wikileaks (and we all know your thoughts on that).

The American Government gave its backing? Just because one diplomat within the American Embassy in Cairo lends his support to one activist?

This naturally assumes that the entire American government, the senate and all those individuals representing the United States abroad (which extends some way beyond the Obama administration) all serve the same politcal and economic agenda.

I think dumbing down realpolitik does us no favour at all. It is a sweeping generalisation. A form of shorthand that detracts from the real issues.

Whilst it is clear that certain secretive cabals within American Government might have supported regime change - there's little pratical use in assuming it had the backing of the entire American government (although it might be the case).

Did the invasion of Iraq have the full unequivocal support of the entire British Government? Or just certain malicious splinter groups within (and without) it?

Given that the private sector can offer salaries and commissions way in excess of what Mi5 or the CIA can offer - where are the most talented spies more likely to ply their trade?

Within the public or private sector?

And do the feeble remuneration packages within the public security sector inspire loyalty?

Just how many of our top brass either in the military or in the intelligence services have moved over to the private sctor in recent years?

What are the implicit risks?


A. Peasant said...

the popular discontent in Egypt is very real and very deep, after many many years of the population being jerked around. how deep was the discontent in Tunisia, really? not so much as Aan has shown. therefore Egypt is going to be much more difficult to control. Tunisia was perhaps the practice run for Egypt?

freethinker said...

Egypt protests - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8289698/Egypt-protests-secret-US-document-discloses-support-for-protesters.html

"Alliance OF Youth Movements Summit" seems spooky. Organized by Alliance FOR Youth Movements (AYM) powered by OpenAction. The of-for change seems to suggest the AYM is a top-down setup controlling a host of pseudo grass-roots or bottom-up regional youth or 'Young' movements. We know who controlled the 'Young' movements of old.

Blackwatch - its curious the Telegraph article doesn't mention Wikileaks and why would the spooky Telegraph reveal this unless perhaps its to give the impression that this is all controlled by USA and not the 'Hidden Hand'.

Tunisia was a trial run and it also established the narrative of a youth/digital revolution.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post. We should be skeptical. There might be two revolutions here. One merely a consolidation of power, and the second genuine. People around the world want to throw off their corrupt governments. I know I do. Our government no longer pretends to operate Constitutionally or uphold the law for all. Yet politics around the world keep providing these fake change moments - like our last election. It let's off just enough steam to appease, or confuse, the people so that no real change comes about.

Maybe this is the time when it gets done better and goes global:

"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God."

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826 (in the last letter he penned)

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